PPS 11: Planning and Waste Management
Policy WM 2: Hazardous Waste
7.14 Hazardous Waste is defined by European Council Directive 91/689/EEC (the Hazardous Waste Directive). The Special Waste Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998 implement the Hazardous Waste Directive into domestic legislation for Northern Ireland. The nature of hazardous waste and the need to protect the public from any harmful effects associated with noise, smell, fumes and dust emphasise the importance that needs to be placed on the safe treatment of such waste and to reducing the amount that requires disposal. Clinical waste may include hazardous waste and developers should seek advice from the Northern Ireland Clinical Waste Management Team, Health Estates, Stoney Road, Belfast for projects involving clinical waste from healthcare establishments.
7.15 A range of specialist treatment facilities may be needed to handle Northern Ireland’s hazardous waste, as described in the Waste Management Plans. In determining applications for managing hazardous waste consideration will be given to the compatibility of the operation with other nearby land uses. It must be demonstrated that the built development associated with proposed methods of handling, storage, treatment and processing of waste is appropriate to the nature and hazards of the waste(s) concerned. Local impacts, including the comparison of alternative sites, should be addressed through Environmental Impact Assessment when specific sites are being sought. (See paragraph 6.3)